Travel deals on offer at Te Takere

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 09:00 18/01/2014

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After reading about exotic destinations in Levin's library, people can now pop into the information centre next door to book a holiday.

The ability to place international travel bookings has been added to the services offered at Te Takere, Levin's library and community centre.

Information centre manager Colleen Tyree, a former travel agent, has become an agent of NZ Travel Brokers. She said she was looking forward to offering the new service, which launches next week.

"We will be able to make bookings through websites like Expedia and Booking.com so we can get the best deals for our customers."

The service will be able to book flights, accommodation, car rentals, train reservations, and tour activities.

Te Takere opened in 2012. Last year, the trust that runs the facility asked its owner, the Horowhenua District Council, to fund a $200,000 shortfall in its budgets.

Te Takere chief executive Joann Ransom said Te Takere must generate new revenue streams to enable it to become more self-sufficient and continue to offer free amenities and services.

"This extension to visitor information services of brokering international travel should help achieve this," she said.

"The initiative has been approved by Te Horowhenua Trust and is supported by both Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy and district council chief executive David Clapperton."

The information centre already provided bookings for New Zealand buses, trains and ferries.

Ms Tyree, who has worked at both United Travel and Flight Centre in Levin, has travelled extensively.

"I love to make people's dreams a reality, and when I am talking about travel I feel as if I am taking the journey with my client," she said.

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